The upsurge in rioting, looting, destruction and violence in cities across the country won’t just peter out, as many hope. Sadly, mainstream media outlets refuse to cover the actual news, while Democratic politicians actually express solidarity with those who are burning down our cities. It’s become obvious to one and all: The left media and so-called progressive Democrats would rather see urban bonfires than lose to Donald Trump in November.
Asked recently about 59 straight days of protests and violence in Portland, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler called reports of Antifa rioting there a “myth.” Not to be outdone, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the federal police sent to quell the disturbances to “Nazis.”
This is today what passes for leadership in the Democratic Party, which since losing in 2016, has undergone an extreme makeover to become the most radical “mainstream” party in the U.S. in modern times. To find its equivalent, you’d have to go back to … let’s see, 1860 and 1861, when the very same Democratic Party convinced 11 states to secede from the union, thus setting off the Civil War.
Plus ça change, as the French would say.
Egged on in 2020 by that same radical party, Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other extremist groups have gone on an unchecked spree. Vandalism, looting, murders and politically motivated beatings have metastasized across the nation, making city after city into unlivable hellholes.
And that’s the idea.
Why do Democrats do this? As we’ve noted before, they’ve been taken over by their extreme-left wing, which includes disgruntled socialist followers of Great Left Hope Bernie Sanders.
Democrats are desperate to get rid of Trump and regain control of the Senate. So they’ve stashed Joe Biden in his basement, while letting slick media surrogates try to sell the socialist-inspired Sanders-Biden election platform that cemented far-left control of the party.
To get rid of Trump, they’re willing to divide America once more along race, class, religious, ethnic and income lines and create another civil war. They’ve embarked on a campaign of nonstop out-of-control demonstrations and disruption, holding literally hundreds of anti-Trump gatherings to cripple his presidency.
They appear ready now to take another step: open insurrection.
And no, this isn’t a fantasy. Both left and right have pondered whether we are headed for a cataclysmic cultural clash that will fatally divide the nation into a Blue America and a Red America.
Indeed, even now, the left seems absolutely convinced Trump will refuse to leave the White House if he loses in November, touching off another conflict. There’s even a hashtag for it: #SecondCivilWar.
If so, it will be the Democrats’ doing. The far-left rioting on our streets isn’t waiting for the election, as shocking examples of urban chaos pile up:
- In Minneapolis, the Wall Street Journal reports, “residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing in May.” No doubt they took little encouragement from the city council’s decision last Friday to partially defund the police.
- Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best warned that her department now has “NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd,” after a new law went into effect that forbids police to use even non-lethal means of crowd control, such as pepper spray.
- In Denver, “demonstrators pushed down a fence, threw objects at police officers, broke windows and started a fire inside the city’s courthouse on Saturday night,” according to Denver’s KCNC-TV.
- When a man who took a rifle to a “protest” in Austin, Texas, approached a car, the driver shot and killed him. Maybe the man carrying the rifle didn’t expect the driver to be armed.
We could go on. The list of cities tormented by left-wing violence is growing, with more than six cities last weekend convulsed by riots, looting and property destruction.
None of this would be happening if congressional Democrats had taken a bipartisan stance to reject all violence and extremism, in the interest of our nation’s well-being.
As Nadler and Pelosi show, that’s not going to happen.
They, and others among their party’s deeply cynical and America-loathing leaders, along with their Big Media handmaidens, believe average Americans will become so intimidated, fearful and demoralized by the chaos that they will vote to oust Trump and the Republican Senate majority, and give power to the Democrats.
Think that’s an exaggeration? Here’s former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham on MSNBC, courtesy of the Washington Examiner: “If you want to end this reign of terror … you’ve got to vote. And the idea that somehow or another because you think – one thinks that Trump is an idiot or he’s, you know, he’s a racist, whatever you might think … it’s not going to matter if what happened in 2016 happens again.”
Get that? Trump wasn’t elected; his is a “reign of terror.” The unhinged nature of the debate almost precludes Americans from coming together.
Once the Democrats regain all the levers of power, as they last did after the 2008 elections, they’ll do to the nation what Blue State governors and mayors are now doing to their own states and cities: Clamp down on law-abiding citizens and taxpayers and impose sweeping new indoctrination in both schools and the workplace.
Meanwhile, they’ll free up their radical-left shock troops and Social Justice Warriors to do whatever mischief they wish to intimidate ordinary citizens, especially once they’ve defunded local police and shut down prisons an jails.
Trump says he’ll soon send federal reinforcements to Seattle, Chicago and New York to retake the streets from the thugs and to protect federal property and workers. It’s a good start.
But state and city officials are obliged by the law to uphold the Constitution within their jurisdictions. That means protecting the basic constitutional rights, property and lives of those whom they were elected to serve. Right now, they’re failing miserably.
Only you can stop this insanity. It begins in the voting booth, but doesn’t end there. All Americans need to recapture an appreciation for the preciousness of their constitutional rights, and also the history that underpins our nation’s great success.
If not, they will deliver our nation into the hands of leftist ideologues who won’t hesitate from cleaving this country in two. That would be bad for all of us.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board.